What Students Say

We get an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from our student-athletes who participate in STRIVE programs. Here’s a small sample of some – be sure to explore the links at the bottom to read more!

If you’d like to talk to any of our recent alums, please feel free to email us at contact@strivetrips.org and we can connect you with someone who can answer your questions. Also, check out our Facebook Page for lots of photos and videos from past trips! Finally, check out some reviews that students have left on runningcamps.org!

“When I signed up, I felt like this trip was literally made personally for me. I love to travel, but traveling and long distance running usually don’t work well together. On this trip, I got to travel to a foreign country, train at altitude with top notch high school athletes and college interns, practice my Spanish and have the chance to participate in some very meaningful and rewarding community service.” – Liam, STRIVE-Peru, 2013

“We were able to explore the town, surrounding countryside, and the local culture in small groups, which promoted an intimate experience while also allowing us to make our own decisions.” – Luke, STRIVE-Kenya, 2012 and STRIVE-Peru, 2013

“Especially after the home-stay in Ollantaytambo, it was amazing to see how different people lived, just how different their society was. It was an eye opener especially since I have never been to a developing country before. It made me more grateful for what I have and more aware of my impact on others and what I could do to help.” – Kyler, STRIVE-Peru and Spanish Immersion Program, 2013

“The HATC was a beautiful place to stay. It’s not every day that you get to train in the same gym as Olympic athletes. Group leaders were very helpful, nice, understanding and as organized as Africa will allow one to be. I also found it so easy to run! And the outings were absolutely incredible experiences, not just the destinations, but the roads to them as well.” – Student, STRIVE-Kenya 2014

 

  • Read More Peru Testimonials

     

    “STRIVE has honestly just changed the way I see the world. After living in Peru for a month, I feel like I have gained the perspective that Peruvians have. I truly appreciate their way of life, and it was so incredible to be able to experience and live in such a different culture than my own. I hope I can take some of the Peruvian traditions that I have learned and implicate them into my own life here in America.” –  Madi, STRIVE-Peru, 2014

     

    “STRIVE provided numerous valuable opportunities for me. In just 4 weeks I got to live with a Peruvian family, improve my Spanish, run more than I ever had before, and not just explore an amazing country but feel like I made a difference in the lives of the people we met.” Rosie, STRIVE-Peru, 2014

     

    “STRIVE is the best trip I’ve ever been on because it has the perfect balance of culture, fitness, and service. I really felt like I got the most out of my 3 weeks because I had the opportunity to give back to the community, train at altitude, and still experience Peru as a tourist by shopping at the market, visiting museums and exhibits, and hiking in one of the most beautiful places in the world.” – Caroline, STRIVE-Peru, 2015

     

    “I am more appreciative of what I have in my life. Also I am appreciative of the experience I had in Perú. It was just an awesome mixture of service and athletics, which was unforgettable and life-changing.” – Rachel, STRIVE-Peru, 2015

     

    “How have I changed since my trip? I eat more fruit now and try to be as active and positive as I can be. There’s something about who I was in Peru that I really like and want to bring back to the States.” – Emilio, STRIVE-Peru, 2015

     

    “Every part of this trip was truly fantastic. This being said, my favorite part of this trip was making unforgettable friends and mentors that I will cherish and keep in touch with for the rest of my life.” Akshay, STRIVE-Peru, 2015

     

    “The really cool thing about the STRIVE Peru trip is that everyday there is something new to learn or explore. A new game to play or weird looking food in the market to try. New sights to see and people to meet. There is never a dull moment.” – Ali, STRIVE-Peru, 2013

     

    “Being able to teach the kids and doing service there made it something that wasn’t just a frivolous trip to go site seeing; we were there to actually do something and that was a great feeling.” – Student-athlete, STRIVE-Peru, 2013

     

    “I loved how easy it was to talk with the group leaders, “with” being the important word. We were able to have real conversations about really any kind of topic. I never got the impression that we were looked down on as being young and whatnot, and I really appreciated that.” – Laurel, STRIVE-Peru and Spanish Immersion Program, 2013

     

    “It was definitely an eye opening experience as I have never been to a third world country. I loved communicating and connecting with the people even though I didn’t speak Spanish.” – Andrew, STRIVE-Peru, 2013

     

    “It really cemented my love of running, and it was cool to meet so many people passionate about running and who are pursuing it collegiately and post-collegiately. It really helped me figure out that running in college is something I need to do, and not just an option.” – Siddarth, STRIVE-Peru, 2013

     

    “I think that this program is awesome because it can really be built around the individual. For example, when I wanted to run twice a day, I was always able to. When I desired a little more Spanish, a tutor was at the ready. Any type of athlete and/or student could walk into Strive and walk out with a life changing experience.” – Student athlete, STRIVE-Peru, 2013

     

    “Having college interns to run with us was a great resource. In a few years I want to be running at that level so it was very helpful to have someone to push you, answer questions and lead a few workouts.” – Student-athlete, STRIVE-Peru, 2013

     

    “Especially after the home-stay in Ollantaytambo, it was amazing to see how different they lived, just how different their society was. It was an eye opener especially since I have never been to a developing country before. It made me more grateful for what I have and more aware of my impact on others and what I could do to help.” – Kyler, STRIVE-Peru and Spanish Immersion Program, 2013

     

    “I think that the trip leaders made the trip. From Nic and Tyler to the interns I never felt uncomfortable or uneasy knowing that everything was under control. No question was to stupid, no request unattainable, and thousands of miles from home I felt as at ease as in my own house.” – Malcolm, STRIVE-Peru and Spanish Immersion Program, 2013

     

    “It would have been impossible for me to really get the feel for Peru had it not been for my homestay during the Spanish Immersion Program. Living with a family for a week, even though it was a challenge at times, is something that I’m very glad I did because not only did it help improve my Spanish but I was able to see what real Peruvian life was like. The Spanish lessons that I took that week were also invaluable. Talking one-on-one for five hours a day did wonders for my speaking, which was what was really lacking, and it also helped to improve my listening abilities. Abi, my teacher, also acted as my personal tour guide and took me to all the different parts of Ollantaytambo, including the market and ruins. She taught me about Peruvian culture and history and we were able to discuss things like gender roles in Peru during my classes. It was wonderful to be able to talk about such real things with her, while also improving my Spanish.” Student-athlete, STRIVE-Peru and Spanish Immersion Program, 2013

     

    “I LOVED and respected my group leaders as much as anyone I know. They are absolutely great people who know when to get down to business and when to have fun. All three were incredibly smart, responsible, fun, and adventurous.” – Weston, STRIVE-Peru, 2012

     

    “I felt waking up early to run along the valley or walking into town really gave me a perspective of Peru different than one I could have experienced as part of a guided tour of the country. I feel like I learned more about Peru by simply walking around town with my friends more than anything else. I’ve been on summer programs before where I have traveled to different places and countries, but no trip gave me as much insight into what the culture was really like as STRIVE did.” – Gilad, STRIVE-Peru, 2012

     

    “My group leaders motivated me to train much harder and run more miles than I ever had before. It made me a lot more aware of how much work it takes to become a great runner after seeing how much my leaders, Tyler and Lindsay, trained.” – Scott, STRIVE-Peru, 2012

     

    “I would recommend it to people on my team. I think they have seen what altitude can do and how much fun I’ve had on the trip and would love to do this.” – Austen, STRIVE-Peru 2012

     

    “My favorite part of the trip was just getting to know everyone because we all were from all over the country and everybody had a different story. I also loved working at the school and seeing the kids faces light up every time we went to teach. It was awesome seeing the culture change and adapting to it.” – Jordan, STRIVE-Peru, 2011

     

    “I can’t even begin to list the reasons why my trip changed me. One way is that I was exposed to a completely different culture. It was eye opening to see how little technology you need to live. It made me appreciate everything that I have at home and it also made me appreciate simple living. So, not relying on my cellphone or laptop at all times. It was also refreshing to see so many young students eager to learn, especially their eagerness to learn English… All in all, my STRIVE trip changed my entire perspective on how to live my life.” – Student-athlete, STRIVE-Peru, 2011

     

    “My favorite part about the trip was the amazing friends that I made throughout the course of about 3 weeks. It’s been over a year since my trip to Peru and I still keep in contact with a few of the people from my trip. One in particular is one of my best friends and I wouldn’t have met her if it weren’t for STRIVE!” – Jasmynn, STRIVE-Peru, 2011

     

    “The group leaders were really fabulous. It was extremely safe in the areas traveled. The other students were very friendly and mature, everyone enjoyed hanging out together so much.” – Student, STRIVE- Peru 2011

  • Read More Kenya Testimonials

    “As a student who had never visited Africa or gone on a safari before, STRIVE served as an absolutely incredible opportunity to experience a wide variety of adventures that Africa had to offer. Not only was I able to train with motivated and hard-working peers, which in itself was a privilege, the cultural experience provided was like nothing I had ever come across before. The most incredible of all was how safe I felt during the entire trip. The degree of comfort, convenience and safety provided during the session was beyond what I could have imagined.” – Student-athlete, STRIVE-Kenya 2010

     

    “STRIVE-Kenya was one of the most well planned and smoothly run programs I have participated in. It was clear that every part of the program had been thoughtfully constructed with the participant’s safety and convenience in mind, and not even once did we come across a hold up (except for having our car surrounded by a group of Kenyan ladies asking for money once, but I consider that a part of the cultural experience). I would also like to extend my gratitude to all of the group leaders. And the warm welcome from Lornah was an inspiration to us all, and meeting the KenSAP kids added another dimension to the experience that made the trip absolutely unforgettable. The trip was one of the most worthwhile things I could have done this summer. Thank you once again for organizing such a special program. Thank you!” – Charles, STRIVE-Kenya, 2010

     

    “Before I left the fundraising did seem a bit laborious, but once I reached Kenya I realized how invaluable those donations were. It felt very good to be charged with determining where the money would go and seeing the schoolhouse literally grow before our eyes was an awesome feeling! Also seeing what the KenSAP kids were able to accomplish and work their way out of the circle of poverty in Kenya was inspiring to a point I’ve never felt before.” – Will, STRIVE-Kenya, 2011

     

    “The HATC was a beautiful place to stay. It’s not every day that you get to train in the same gym as Olympic athletes. Group leaders were very helpful, nice, understanding and as organized as Africa will allow one to be. I also found it so easy to run! And the outings were absolutely incredible experiences, not just the destinations, but the roads to them as well.” – Student, STRIVE-Kenya, 2011